Since 1968, across the UK, individuals have been targeted by secret police due to their involvement in political activism. Citizens have been spied on, manipulated, and abused in order to undermine democratic participation in politics.

This documentary from 2013 was the first time most people were made aware of Britain's secret undercover political police.

The Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) have acted as Britain's secret political police. Tasked with undermining democracy, they used the identities of dead children and deceived women into long term intimate sexual relationships as part of their deployment.

In October 2010 activists started to unmask undercover officers, who had infiltrated a cross section of social justice campaign groups. Building up detailed profiles of who the spy cops are and how they operated.

A group of the women who had been deceived into long term sexual relationships by undercover officers took legal action to push the police to issue an apology.

Sustained pressure from activists networks campaigning on these issues led to the calling of a public inquiry into Undercover Policing. However the government is currently attempting to pass the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill which would legalise police spies committing any crime.

Police Spies Out Of Lives is a campaigning support group working to achieve an end to the sexual and psychological abuse of campaigners and others by undercover police officers.

Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance helps co-ordinate, publicise & support the quest for justice for people affected by political undercover police spying.

Undercover Research Group comprises a small set of dedicated activist-investigators who research state and corporate spying.

There has been significant media coverage of the developments of this story, with new articles being published every day. Though only a small number of news outlets have really been able to commit to long term coverage.

There have been numerous projects that have told the story of the spy cops, starting with the book Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Secret Police written by Guardian Journalists Rob Evans & Paul Lewis in 2012. Here are a few more recent examples

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